Alteryx Designer and Server: The Engine Powering the Train
LNER selected Alteryx for its ability to process large volumes of data, handle different data types, and power through complex analytical challenges. With easy connectivity to Tableau, Alteryx provides the perfect complement: LNER can leverage the power of Alteryx to discover, prep, blend, enrich, and analyze data, before sharing insights at scale with beautiful Tableau visuals.
If the data process is a train, Tableau is the railcar serving the passengers, while Alteryx is the powerful ingestion, transformation and analytics engine.
“This changed the business massively,” Rob said. “Alteryx is the power behind the scenes, as our team calls it, because it gives us the ability to manipulate everything we want to do.”
Rob quickly started seeing the positive business impacts. Because Alteryx removed the ETL constraints and saved a huge amount of time, the team was able to go from weekly reporting to daily – and with better insights.
“It gave us a bigger level of detail, it was more data, it was more often, and it was easier for people to compare things and get the answers to the questions they had,” Rob said.
But once again, there were more people consuming data, which led to more questions and more demand for fast results. So the next logical step was to get Alteryx Server. Server allowed the LNER team to automate many of the processes they were running manually, including cleansing and refreshing data automatically.
“The analysis was produced and fed back to the business before analysts even got into the office in the morning,” Rob said.